ENEX Events


6th NRW NanoConference

The most important conference of the nanotechnology industry - the NRW Nano-Conference - will take place from 1st to 2nd December 2014. Guests from business, science and politics are welcome to participate an enriching and interdisciplinary dialogue about the opportunities, risks and potential of nanotechnology. The Conference is organized by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Cluster NanoMicroMaterialsPhotonics.NRW and the Economic Development Agency.

The NRW Nano-Conference in Dortmund offers two days of technical presentations about current trends in nanotechnology by top speakers from companies and research institutes. Furthermore, companies will present their latest technology developments and products at the accompanying exhibition. The organizers expect round about 600 international participants.

This year the Conference offers a "Call for Presentations" for the first time. Interested persons who are enthusiastic about future technologies and new insights of nanotechnology, have the opportunity to present their projects and ideas at the event. Among national and international top-class speakers, the "Call for Presentations" will give interested persons who are enthusiastic about future technologies and new insights of nanotechnology, the chance to present their projects and ideas at the event.

The conference focuses on the topics New Materials, Health, Energy, Architecture & Constructions, Safety & Society, and Electronics.

1. New Materials / Session 1

New materials and optimized materials form the basis for two-thirds of all innovations. That ist why new materials have an enormous imortance to future markets and technological advancement. Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary technology which creates new impulses in the development of innovative materials and their applications, which are presented in the first session.

2. Health / Session 2

The demographic development also provides the health sector with new challenges. Innovative, nanotechnology-based approaches in regenerative medicine and in the diagnosis form the basis of future individual therapies. Nanotechnology in the field of pharmacy improved drug formulations and transport. Medical technology and medical products offer a wide range of  nanotechnology optimized procedures to maintain and promote health.

3. Energy / Session 3

Efficiency in the use of energy, energy conversion, transmission and storage are crucial to help renewable energy sources in the long term breakthrough. But also the conventional energy supply benefits from numerous research approaches of nanotechnology. This and much more about nano energy will be the focus of the third session.

4. Architecture & Civil Engineering / Session 4

The applications of nanotechnology are very broad in the field of architecture and civil engineering. Building materials, insulation materials, finishes, building services and much more benefits enormously from developments of nanoscale materials and process technologies. Session 4 will show an updated overview of this issue.

5. Safety & Society / Session 5

Every new technology contains new challenges and environmental impacts. Risks and hazards must be analyzed and considered appropriate with socially relevant issues. The industrial use of nanomaterials requires an analysis of potential risks related to labor, consumer and environmental protection. For this reason, a number of projects in industry and universities are up to safe handling of nanotechnology. The results of these projects and ideas are presented in the fifth session.

6. Electronics / Session 6

Information and communication technologies are an important foundation of our society and for large parts of the industry. The continuing miniaturization of integrated circuits is still according to Moore's Law, however, the physical limits are foreseeable. New concepts of nanoelectronics need a little bit "more Moore", to open up unprecedented possibilities for entirely new system architectures as well as quantum information technology. In contrast, many products of organic electronics have already found their way into everyday life. Nanotechnology and its applications in electronics / optoelectronics will be the theme of this sixth session.

Conference programme

Monday 12/01/2014 - 12/02/2014 Dortmund


Erasmus+ WBL Kontaktseminar

Work-based learning in VET in Europe: Exchanging ideas, developing projects

A joint contact seminar of seven Erasmus+ National Agencies

Berlin, 01- 03 December 2014

The NA at BIBB takes the pleasure in hosting a contact seminar on work-based learning (WBL) in cooperation with six national agencies from the countries that have signed the "Memorandum on Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training in Europe" at the Ministerial Conference in Berlin 2012: Spain, Greece, Portugal, Italy, Slovakia and Latvia.

The seminar aims at giving potential applicants a platform to develop and progress on ideas and find partners for both KA1 and KA2 type projects in the framework of Erasmus+.

Possible topics could be:
• integrating WBL into curricula

• measures to strengthen the attractiveness of vocational education and training (VET)
• using mobility better to integrate WBL in studies
• developing measures to improve the quality of WBL
• ways to enhance the participation of enterprises in WBL

We would like to welcome 70 persons being actively involved in the field of VET from the Memorandum countries. The target groups are VET schools, general VET sector organisations, enterprises, social partners and other stakeholder groups. The seminar language will be English. Costs for board and lodging from 1 to 3 December 2014 (in justified cases also from 30 November to 3 December 2014) will be covered by the German NA at BIBB. Participants from Germany may also apply for reimbursement of travel costs at the NA at BIBB.

When the Memorandum was signed, the ministers responsible for VET stressed the necessity of increasing cooperation and launching effective and sustainable cooperative activities to encourage and where appropriate establish dual forms of work based VET in the partner countries. At the same time, these activities will support the implementation of the agreed European objectives.

  • Target group: Schools, organisations, enterprises, social partners and other stakeholder groups actively involved in the field of VET

  • Venue of seminar: Haus 13 Pfefferberg, Schönhauser Allee 176, Haus 13 & Haus 14, 10119 Berlin (U2 Senefelderplatz)

  • Hotel:IBIS Hotel, Prenzlauer Allee 4, 10405 Berlin

  • Time: Monday,1 December (12:00-19:00); Tuesday, 2 December(09:30-19:00); Wednesday, 3 December 2014 (09:00-13:00)

  • Seminar language: English


Anne-Marie Brkic, Phone: 00 49 228 107-1659, Email: Anne-Marie Brkic

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Monday 12/01/2014 - 12/03/2014 Berlin


ENEX Kick-off Meeting

The ENEX Kick-off Meeting is taking place at the premises of INTAMT in Duesseldorf on 27 November 2014.

Thursday Duesseldorf